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Collaborative Divorce Vancouver
What is Collaborative Divorce?
A revolutionary approach to separation and divorce used worldwide that helps protect the dignity, integrity, and long-term interests of all family members. The process involves lawyers and therapists working together in a no court approach to divorce.
Who is involved?
Teams of professionals incorporating therapists (Divorce Coaches), collaborative family lawyers, a financial specialist, and a child/youth specialist working together with the family. The degree to which each professional is involved will depend on the unique needs of the family.
What is a Divorce Coach?
Divorce Coaches are Registered Clinical Counsellors or Registered Psychologists, specializing in issues pertaining to marriage, separation and divorce. They provide emotional support, teach communication skills, discuss parenting concerns, and help ensure that needs, concerns and feelings are understood and contained. Typically each member of the couple will have their own coach to assist them during the collaborative process.
What is a Child/Youth Specialist?
The child/youth specialist is a Registered Clinical Counsellor or Registered Psychologist, specializing in issues pertaining to child development. The specialist is a neutral third party who focuses exclusively on the children’s concerns and their interests. The child/youth specialist's role is to keep the children’s interests in the picture while the issues of separation are resolved and to provide a safe place for the children to share their story. The child/youth specialist reports back to the team and the parents and may work with the parents to create a parenting plan. Contact us for child counselling in Vancouver, Coquitlam & Port Moody.
Why Collaborative Divorce?
Collaborative Divorce not only provides a cost-effective resolution to the separation and divorce process, it also safeguards the family’s needs and best interests. Research has shown it is not divorce itself that harms children, but the manner in which the divorce unfolds. Separation and divorce with high levels of conflict and distress is the most destructive element for children (Hetherington & Kelly, 2002), highlighting the need for a process that helps support both parents and children through a challenging time by reducing friction and stress.
Collaborative Divorce empowers the couple to have control of the process and to maintain privacy. It provides both emotional support and legal guidance, helps preserve respectful relationships following separation and divorce, and supports the family to move forward in a positive and healthy way.
What is the first step?
Creating a team is the first step in the Collaborative Divorce process. Individuals or couples can begin by meeting with a mental health professional (Divorce Coach) or a collaborative lawyer. These professionals will be happy to discuss the collaborative process, answer any questions, and make suggestions about putting together a team that will meet the family’s needs.
Further information about Collaborative Divorce in Vancouver can be found at:
1. CBC documentary featuring Collaborative Divorce
2. The Vancouver Collaborative Divorce team
Contact our Vancouver divorce counselling team to begin the collaborative divorce process. We offer divorce counselling in Vancouver, as well as divorce counselling in Coquitlam & Port Moody.